Lilly Diabetes celebrates six years of scholarship support for American Diabetes Association diabetes summer camps by sending 90 children to camp in 2013

Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:00am EST

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Opportunity for children with diabetes from families in need to learn
self-management skills in a fun and safe environment


INDIANAPOLIS  and  ALEXANDRIA, Va.,  Feb. 13, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --  

News Highlights:

* Lilly Diabetes donates  $90,000  to the @AmDiabetesAssn 2013 #camp scholarship
fund; six donations totaling  $442,000  made since '08  
* Lilly Diabetes reaches 6th year of supporting @AmDiabetesAssn #camp
scholarship fund with  $90,000  donation, sends 90 kids to camp in 2013   
* For a second time in two months, Lilly Diabetes donates funds to support
scholarship programs for young people with #T1 #diabetes

Today Lilly Diabetes recognized six years of supporting the American Diabetes
Association's (Association) camp scholarship fund by donating 90
scholarships-one for each year Lilly Diabetes has supported the needs of those
living with the disease, beginning in 1923 when Lilly introduced the world's
first commercial insulin.  

Diabetes summer camps allow children with diabetes to take part in traditional
camp activities with staff and medical professionals who are experts in type 1
diabetes.

For many children, camp is the first time they meet someone with whom they share
a common bond: living with type 1 diabetes. Making that connection at camp can
help set the stage for not only a fun-filled summer experience, but also a more
positive outlook on a future with diabetes-an attitude that's critical for a
lifetime of good diabetes self-management. That is why Lilly Diabetes has
continued to help children attend diabetes summer camps through its partnership
with the Association, and, since 2008, has donated more than  $440,000  in
scholarships to help children from families in need experience that same summer
rite of passage as their peers.

"This year would not have been possible financially without the generous support
from your organization," said Leetta, mother of a 13-year-old girl who received
a camp scholarship from the Association. "Everyone I saw at camp was so excited
to be there, and after we left my daughter shared story after story on our
8-hour ride home. We are very blessed to have been part of something so
amazing."

Today there are approximately 130 camps that operate nationwide. The American
Diabetes Association is the single largest operator of U.S. camps for children
with diabetes, with 41 camps offering 50 sessions in 25 states each summer. In
the last decade, Lilly Diabetes has donated more than  $20 million  in insulin
and other diabetes medicines, educational materials, volunteers, scholarships,
and special guests. This makes Lilly Diabetes one of the largest supporters of
diabetes camps in the country.   

"There are so many children who build their self-esteem, establish life-long
friendships and gain independence while spending time at diabetes summer camps,"
said Dr.  John E. Anderson, president, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes
Association. "Lilly Diabetes has, for many years, continued to be an engaged and
supportive partner in caring for these young individuals and their futures
through its support of our scholarships and camping program."   

This year's  $90,000  donation to support Association camp scholarships will
give 90 children with diabetes the opportunity to attend summer camp for
approximately one week. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need.   

"Our mission is to provide personalized resources that help support and care for
people with diabetes. There couldn't be a better, more empowering experience for
a young child with type 1 diabetes than to attend a diabetes summer camp," said 
Steve Sugino, vice president, Lilly Diabetes. "We are proud to be able to send
these children to summer camp, as well as those who will follow them-children
who might not otherwise have the opportunity for this kind of life-changing
experience."   

In addition to ongoing scholarship donations since 2008, Lilly Diabetes' support
of camps stretches back more than 10 years and includes product donations and a
broad range of programs that help bring the camp experience to life for each
child. Lilly Diabetes offers camp visits by Olympic cross-country skier  Kris
Freeman, diabetes educational kits for campers contained in sturdy  L.L. Bean® 
bookpacks, and caregiver educational materials as well as employee volunteers
for camps that need an extra hand.   

In the last two months alone, Lilly Diabetes has donated nearly  $200,000  to
support scholarship programs for young people with diabetes, having recently
donated  $100,000  to the Diabetes Scholars Foundation to help young adults with
type 1 diabetes attend college.   

For more information on the Association's diabetes camps and how to apply for a
scholarship, visit  www.diabetes.org/camp. Additional information about Lilly
Diabetes' support of diabetes summer camps can be found at 
www.lillydiabetes.com.  

About the American Diabetes Association  
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®  and
its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The
Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers
services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible
information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.
Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the
lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the
American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit 
www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in  English 
and  Spanish.  

About Lilly Diabetes   
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced
the world's first commercial insulin. Today we work to meet the diverse needs of
people with diabetes through research and collaboration, a broad and growing
product portfolio and a continued commitment to providing real solutions-from
medicines to support programs and more-to make lives better. For more
information, visit  www.lillydiabetes.com.  

About Eli Lilly and Company  (NYSE: LLY)  
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing
portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its
own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific
organizations. Headquartered in  Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides
answers-through medicines and information-for some of the world's most urgent
medical needs. Information about Lilly is available at  www.lilly.com.

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For information, visit  www.lillydiabetes.com  or  www.diabetes.org

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 williamsju@lilly.com        cfeheley@diabetes.org  


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